HopeSS: Curse the Day
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You can view an in-depth discussion of “Curse the Day” in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Weaver’s Shuttle
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Man with Burden

Imagine the following conversation. Two people are bemoaning the fate of all humanity: death. That is, no matter how good the lives they live, no matter what they accomplish, it’s going to end in the grave. “Yeah,” gripes Methuselah to a friend. “We live, what, 800, 900 years, and then we are gone. What is … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Other People’s Pain
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Job and friends in desert

Job finished his first lament, as recorded in chapter 3. For the next two chapters one of his friends, Eliphaz, gives Job a lecture (we will come back to that next week). In chapters 6 and 7, Job continues to speak about his suffering. “‘Oh, that my grief were fully weighed, and my calamity laid … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Let the Day Perish
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Imagine that you are Job. Inexplicably your life, all that you have worked for, all that you have accomplished, all that God has blessed you with, comes tumbling down. It just doesn’t make sense. There doesn’t seem to be any reason, good or bad, for it. Years ago, a school bus went off the road, … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Curse the Day
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Read for This Week’s Study: Job 3:1–10, John 11:11–14, Job 6:1–3, Job 7:1–11, James 4:14, Job 7:17–21, Ps. 8:4–6. Memory Text: “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created” (Revelation 4:11, NKJV). As we read the story of … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – God and Human Suffering
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Woman Praying and Praising

Further Thought: Christian writer and apologist C. S. Lewis wrote a book talking about the death of his wife and his struggle to come to terms with that death. In it he wrote: “Not that I am (I think) in much danger of ceasing to believe in God. The real danger is of coming to … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Theodicy
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A man holding his hands to his face

Read Romans 3:1–4. Though the immediate context is the unfaithfulness of some of God’s covenant people, what is the bigger issue that Paul is talking about here? What is Paul saying about God? Quoting Psalm 51:4, Paul talks about how the Lord Himself will “be justified in your words and will prevail when you are … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Dilemma
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People in a Sea of Questions

Read the following texts in Job. What issue is Job wrestling with? What question does he not ask? Job 6:4–8, Job 9:1–12. As stated in yesterday’s study, the issue of God’s existence never came up in the book of Job. Instead, the question was why was Job going through these trials? And, considering all that … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: God and Human Suffering
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You can view an in-depth discussion of “God and Human Suffering” in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath … [Click to read more …]